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MayDay Rooms

MayDay Rooms is a safe house for vulnerable archives and historical material linked to social movements, experimental culture, and marginalised figures and groups. A site for gathering, holding, and animating documents and idioms of dissent which continue to offer a critically productive and emancipatory relation to the turbulent present. It is geographically located in Central London, but linked in collaboration, inspiration and practice with an international gathering of common and concurrent initiatives.

The surviving documents of our collective past have come down to us in shards and fragments, mostly by chance. This is especially true for the material traces of ‘history from below’. It is very rare that conscious, systematic efforts are initiated to protect the ‘archives of dissent’ from loss and erasure. The International Institute of Social History is a shining exception, founded in Amsterdam during the general crisis of the 1930s, to preserve the ‘cultural heritage of the labour movement and other emancipatory groups and currents’, against destruction in the tide of fascism.

The future of our collective past now faces an emergency from a different direction. The crisis has four linked facets: (i) the exacerbated privatization and enclosure of the cultural commons, (ii) the loss of autonomous social spaces which are containers of communal memory and incubators of radical expression, (iii) the imminent threat to individual artists and groups facing eviction and displacement, along with their history, (iv) the attack on places of learning and knowledge production, in particular the shrinking and closing (under renewed neo-liberal insult) of those municipal and university libraries which in the past would have acted as repositories.


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MayDay Rooms
by AntiUniversity
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A tabloid collecting material about and producing a distributed archive of the Antiuniversity was launched in June 2012 as a first step in the process of actualization of this educational experiment. The Antiuniversity Tabloid was printed in 5000 copies and circulated for free.
Topic: AntiUniversity
MayDay Rooms
by Zerowork
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Two Pieces on Class Struggle in the USA. Includes reprints of James Boggs The Rise and Fall of the Union and Guido Baldi Theses on the Mass Worker and Social Capital. Front cover. November 1972. Deposited with MayDay Rooms by Peter Linebaugh, 28 January, 2013. Activated by Peter and others at the Marx Memorial Library, London, January 2013
Topics: Peter Linebaugh, Zerowork
MayDay Rooms
by Peter Linebaugh
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Sketching a Genesis of Zerowork A First Step in the Deposit of Some of its Archive in May Day Rooms, Marx Memorial Library London, January 2013
Topics: Zerowork, Peter Linebaugh
MayDay Rooms
by Garth Evans
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Garth Evan's talk and text from December 1974 on the A-Course, Central Saint Martins, London.
Topic: A-Course
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MayDay Rooms
by National Playing Fields Association
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What is an Adventure Playground? The National Playing Fields Association. Undated. Page 1 of 4   Deposited with MayDay Rooms by Wilf Thust. December, 2013. Activated, socialised by Wilf, Ben, Hande and others at MayDay Rooms throughout 2014.
Topics: Wilf Thust, MayDay Room, Adventure playground
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by Gareth Jones
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Essay by Gareth Jones written in 1971-72 about the 'A' course at Central Saint Martins Sculpture department.
Topics: A Course, MayDay Rooms
MayDay Rooms
by Sunday Times Magazine and Wilf Thust
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On the Edge of the Ghetto. The way they see it. The Sunday Times Magazine. Deposited with MayDay Rooms by Wilf Thust. December, 2013. Where is the Gaiety? Research: printed material, media and ephemera. Activated, socialised by Wilf, Ben, Hande and others at MayDay Rooms throughout 2014.
Topics: Where is the gaiety?, The Sunday Times Magazine, MayDay Rooms, Wilf Thust
MayDay Rooms
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MayDay Rooms
by NEPA News
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NEPA News. The Voice of New England Prisoners Association. Conspiracy Against Martineau. Deposited by Peter Linebaugh at MayDay Rooms, January 2013. Activated by Peter Linebaugh and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 28 January, 2013.
Topics: NEPA News, Peter Linebaugh
MayDay Rooms
by Tine Tvergaard, Howard Slater
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Phase One Zine This zine was assembled from research materials on 29th November. We would like to thank Gillian Woodward and Stefan Szczelkun for their support and participation. We would also like to thank the members of East London Big Flame whose Red Therapy Journal (1978), held at MayDay Rooms, has been an inspiration to this project.
Topics: Psych-pol, Red Therapy
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by Gareth Jones
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Gareth Jones contemporary notes and reflection on the Locked Room / Materials Project and associated projects. September/October 1969. Handwritten notes produced outside college during the first weeks of what would later become the ‘A’ Course. 10 pages on A4 paper. Received by MayDay Rooms, October 2013.
Topics: A-Course, Gareth Jones, Locked Room
Where is the Gaiety? Typewritten and handwritten notes and documents. Outline for Dissertation. Aspects of Socialisation of West Indian Youth in Notting Hill: The Role of an Adventure Playground. Frank McField. Page 10 0f 10. Deposited with MayDay Rooms by Wilf Thust. December, 2013. Activated and selected by Wilf, Ben, Hande and others at MayDay Rooms
Topics: Four Corners, MayDay Rooms, Where is the gaiety, Adventure playground
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George Caffentzis hands over his archive on the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa (CAFA) to MayDay Rooms and discusses Midnight Notes and CAFA in the Round About Midnight seminar in London at the Marx Memorial Library. Filmed by Seemab Gul
Topics: George Caffentzis, CAFA, Midnight Notes
MayDay Rooms
by Wilf Thust
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Where is the Gaiety? Black Youth in the Adventure Playground, Notting Hill Gate, London 1973. Printed A4 leaflet;  and typewritten and handwritten notes and documents. Working diagram. Wilf Thust. Deposited with MayDay Rooms by Wilf Thust. December, 2013. Activated and selected by Wilf, Ben, Hande and others at MayDay Rooms throughout 2014     
Topics: Four Corners, Wilf Thust, Where is the gaiety
MayDay Rooms
by Evening Standard
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Evening Standard article. What Went Wrong at Carnival? Deposited by Wilf Thust. Mayday Rooms, London. December, 2013. Activated by Wilf, Ben, Hande and others at MayDay Rooms throughout 2014
Topics: Wilf Thust, Carnival, MayDay Rooms
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by Peter Linebaugh
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Peter Linebaugh Notebook 1975-1976. - Cover (Record) - Articles for Zerowork. Pages 28-29. - Note: Printing NY Press. Pages 32 -33.  - Distribution Network. Pages 72-73. - Note: What is Zerowork? - Isle of Dogs, Tanks. London 13 th July. Deposited by Peter Linebaugh with MayDay Rooms, 30 February 2013
Topics: Peter Linebaugh, Midnight Notes Notebooks
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Midnight Notes Journal. Midnight Notes: The Work Energy Crisis and The Apocalypse. Issue 3. 1979. Cover. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MDR and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013.
Topics: Midnight Notes Journal, Midnight Notes, Energy Crisis
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A talk given by Silvia Federici on her book Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle (2012, PM press) at the Danish Art Academy as part of the Autonomy in Crisis course. This was followed by extensive discussion on the topics raised in relation to conditions and recent events in Scandinavia.
Topics: Silvia Federici, Wages for Housework, Autonomy in Crisis
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by Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa
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Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa. Article. Chronology of African Student Struggles 1991-2001. From CAFA Newsletter, No.18, 2003. Deposited with   MayDay Rooms by George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici, 29 January, 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis and others at MayDay Rooms, November 20, 2013
Topics: Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, CAFA, George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici
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by Fabian Tompsett
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Minutes from CAFA archives activation session at MayDay Rooms Sunday 24th November 2013
Topic: CAFA
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Midnight Notes Publication. George Rawick. 1930-1990. In Memorium. Cover. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MDR and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013.
Topics: Midnight Notes Journal, Midnight Notes, George Caffentzis, George Rawick
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by Tine Tvergaard
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Phase One Zine This zine was assembled from research materials on 29th November. We would like to thank Gillian Woodward and Stefan Szczelkun for their support and participation. We would also like to thank the members of East London Big Flame whose Red Therapy Journal (1978), held at MayDay Rooms, has been an inspiration to this project.
Topics: Psych-pol, Red Therapy
MayDay Rooms
by Midnight Notes Collective
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Midnight Notes Journal. Midnight Notes: Strange Victories. Issue 1. 1979. Cover. Photocopy full issue. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MDR and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013. maydayrooms.org
Topics: Midnight Notes Journal, Midnight Notes, George Caffentzis, US anti-nuclear movement, Europe...
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Where is the Gaiety? Black Youth in the Adventure Playground, Notting Hill Gate, London 1973. Printed A4 leaflet. Deposited with MayDay Rooms by Wilf Thust. December, 2013. Activated, socialised by Wilf, Ben, Hande and others at MayDay Rooms throughout 2014.
Topics: Wilf Thust, Adventure playground, Where is the gaiety, London
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by Midnight Notes Collective
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Midnight Notes Journal. Midnight Notes: Outlaw Notes. Issue 8. 1985. Cover. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MDR and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013.
Topic: Midnight Notes Journal
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by Midnight Notes Collective
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Midnight Notes Journal. Midnight Notes: Computer State Notes. Issue 5. Cover. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MDR and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013.
Topics: Midnight Notes Journal, Midnight Notes
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by Midnight Notes Collective
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Midnight Notes Journal. Midnight Notes: No Future Notes. Issue 2. 1979. Cover. Photocopy full issue. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MDR and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013.
Topics: Midnight Notes Journal, Midnight Notes, George Caffentzis
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by Midnight Notes Collective
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Midnight Notes Journal. Midnight Notes: Posthumous Notes. Issue 6. 1982. Cover. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MDR and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013.
Topic: Midnight Notes Journal
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by Midnight Notes Collective
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Midnight Notes Journal. Midnight Notes: Lizard_Talk_ Issue 9. 1989. Cover. Annotated Copy. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MDR and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013.
Topic: Midnight Notes Journal
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Midnight Notes Journal. Midnight Notes: Wages-Mexico-Lybya-India. Issue 9. 1989. Cover. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MDR and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013.
Topic: Midnight Notes Journal
MayDay Rooms
by Midnight Notes Collective
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Midnight Notes Journal. Midnight Notes: Lemming Notes. Issue 7. 1984. Cover. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MDR and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013.
Topic: Midnight Notes Journal
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by Midnight Notes Collective
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Midnight Notes Journal. Midnight Notes: Space Notes. Issue 4. 1981. Cover. Deposited by George Caffentzis at MayDay Rooms, 30 January 2013. Activated by George Caffentzis, MayDay Rooms and others at the Marx Memorial Library, 30 January 2013.
Topics: Midnight Notes Journal, Midnight Notes